Okay, so you have been kicking that old futon around for ten to twelve years and it really looks it. You and your spouse discuss the budget and wonder if you should go down to the local furniture store and pay $599 for a new futon. You start shaking your head at the thought of all that money going for a new futon when your wife gets a brilliant idea. Why not make a futon cover for the old reliable futon. After all, the mattress is still intact and it is oh, so comfortable. It just looks so hideous. You begin to smile as you look over at your wife who is pulling out her latest cloth catalog. Yep, let's make our own custom futon cover.

Follow these instructions for a decent custom futon cover that you will be pleased to keep unhidden from your guests.

  1. Take measurements of the futon. Be careful and do not get in a hurry in this step, because if you mess up here, you will have to toss out the whole project. Write down the measurements in a place where you won't lose them and where they can be a ready reference later.
  2. Using the accurate measurements you have obtained from the first step above, begin the design of the individual panels for the futon cover. Do not try to wrap each face of the futon mattress with a single piece of cloth. The futon cover will fit so much better if each face of the futon cover has its own panel. One really simple way of designing the separate panels is to trace them out on large brown Kraft paper easily obtained from your local office supply.
  3. Take the Kraft paper patterns that you made in step 2 above and transfer them to the futon material you have selected. Pencil is the best medium for making this transfer to help in case of mistakes. This step is best accomplished on a large flat table. If a table is not available move the furniture back out of the way and lay your material and patterns out on a 'clean' floor.
  4. Making futon covers can be somewhat tricky with this particular aspect – cutting out patterns from your material. If you have done a good job transferring your patterns this will not be so bad. Take the pieces of the pattern and stack them neatly in the order you want to assemble your futon cover.
  5. Set up your sewing machine with a strong thread and select a durable stitch setting. Look at the stitch setting control on your sewing machine and choose a short stitch pattern that will provide a stronger seam that will handle a lot of stress. Now start sewing the patterns together.
  6. Once you have completed your sewing together of all the panels, test fit your futon cover on the futon. Take a tailor's chalk or a textile marker and make marks where you may need to alter your design or redo some stitching. Look for areas where the fabric may be bunching or where the seams may have pulled apart. Make your corrections and retest fit the cover. Do not proceed until you are pleased with the completed futon cover.
  7. When the futon cover fits to your satisfaction trim off any excess material or threads that are loose. Now you have a custom futon cover of your own design.